VoCo – Voice Community – is back for a concert featuring some of New Zealand’s best-known choirs. Tickets are now available: prices range from $25 to $35. Choir members have been emailed with instructions on how to book and apply the discount code for all ticket purchases.
Join us at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland, at 7pm on 10 August for an evening of new and well-loved songs in a wide range of styles, including pop, classical, gospel, waiata and folk music.
VoCo began in 2016 as a concert showcasing local choirs. It’s now grown to become an annual event: in 2017, it featured international guests including the world-renowned Real Group.
Heaven Bent will share the bill with Stellar Singers, VoxPop, City of Sails Barbershop Chorus, Greater Auckland Chorus, Everybody Sings – The Choir, and Next Offramp.
- 29 June: The cold snap that hit most of the country did not stop a healthy crowd attending the choir’s O Happy Night concert at St David’s in Te Aroha. With several key members unable to attend, the concert began with an air of uncertainty but the choir soon found its groove and in spite of a few potholes. Much missed were former MD, pianist and soloist Phil May, and soloist Missy Scott. Get well you two.
24 Nov 2018: It was a first for Heaven Bent, and Takanini School, when the choir headed south to the school to perform a set for an appreciative crowd. Funds raised go toward membership of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra – one of the school’s first steps towards being able to introduce a significant music program into Takanini School. The occasion also marked the debut of the newly formed school choir who performed Rivers to the delight of parents and friends. This was conducted by HB member Jill Haywood who initiated the formation of the school’s choir. Jill also shared conducting duties with Phil May on Heaven Bent’s songs.
Heaven Bent invites new and experienced tenors and basses to audition to be part of this strong, joyful singing community. Led by new musical director, songstress and teacher of voice Georgia Duder-Wood, http://www.georgia.co.nz We we are looking for tunefulness, an ability to hold a part, a desire to learn and grow musically, and a love of African-American gospel music and related genres.
If you’re interested, please email Georgia at email@example.com